To Our Readers:
Thank you for subscribing to the Episcopal News Service.
News and service remain the bywords of our work: news of the church in its several contexts, and service to you, its constituents and observers.
To this end, we launch today a new feature: Monday-Friday "Daybook" releases to complement the regular briefings, advisories and bulletins.
The Daybook sequence will run as follows:
Monday - Mission: A look at unique forms of outreach and ministry
Tuesday - To Note: A round-up of brief items of interest
Wednesday - Weekend: A preview of notable events, especially for the coming Sunday
Thursday - Thesis: A series of interviews with people of purpose
Friday - Forum: A presentation of voices on timely topics in the news
It is our plan that these stories will provide media representatives with engaging story leads while also offering information of practical use within the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion. This work will continue from our New York headquarters at the Episcopal Church Center, as well as via our newly opened bureau in Los Angeles.
As we implement this new approach, please send us your comments, suggestions, and requests for news coverage. We look forward to hearing from you, and we appreciate the opportunity to be of service. (Please refer to the following notes about our team.)
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We are here to serve you in the continuing dual mission of supporting reporters covering the Episcopal Church, and providing news and information to its membership.
Bob Williams, for the ENS team
Serving you at ENS:
The Rev. Patricia McCaughan is new senior correspondent for ENS. She is a former state news desk editor for the Detroit News who led her team to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for investigation of corruption in state government. She has served for the past six years on the staff of The Episcopal News in Los Angeles. She is currently assistant rector of St. Mary's Church in Laguna Beach and a representative to both L.A.'s Diocesan Council and its Commission on Black Ministries. She holds degrees from Wayne State University, Columbia University and the General Theological Seminary.
Ms. Daphne Mack is online editor and communication assistant for ENS. In 2003, her duties expanded to include writing and editing the Office of Communication's monthly electronic newsletter "News You Can Use." She graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1987 and subsequently worked as the city reporter/business editor for The Evening Sun in Norwich, New York, and communications associate for United Way of Central New York in Syracuse, New York. Prior to joining ENS in 1998, she served as publicity coordinator for the Riverside Church in New York City.
Mr. Matthew Davies is staff writer and web manager for ENS. Prior to moving to New York in February 2004 he was managing editor of the Anglican Communion News Service, based at the Anglican Communion Office in London, for two years. He previously worked as an associate editor and advertising manager for Anglican/Episcopal World magazine. Matthew graduated with a bachelor's degree in music from Edinburgh University in 2000 and subsequently joined the choir of Canterbury Cathedral in England.
The Rev. Jan Nunley, deputy director of ENS since 2000, previously served as communications director for the Diocese of Rhode Island and editor of its newspaper, RISEN. Ordained priest in 1995, she was rector of St. Peter's and St. Andrew's Church, Providence, Rhode Island, from 1996-2000. She served on the Episcopal News Service General Convention News Team in 1991 (Phoenix), 1994 (Indianapolis), 1997 (Philadelphia), and 2000 (Denver), as well as on the Lambeth Conference 1998 News Team and as media liaison for the 11 women bishops of the Anglican Communion at Lambeth. From 1991-1996 she was newscaster and second anchor/host for National Public Radio's environmental program "Living on Earth," as well as Director of Development for the World Media Foundation, which produces the show. She has also anchored and reported for television and radio stations in Boston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and San Antonio. She earned an M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity School in 1992 and a B.A. in Journalism/TV-Film from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1975.
Canon Robert Williams is new director of ENS. He was previously director of communications and public affairs for the Diocese of Los Angeles, where he first joined the staff in 1986. He was editor of The Episcopal News of Los Angeles for 11 years, and also edited the daily newspapers serving the 1998 Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops and the 2003 General Convention of the Episcopal Church. He holds a master's degree in print journalism from the University of Southern California and has completed courses in Latin American ministry from the Anglican Seminario de San Andres in Mexico City. He is an honorary canon of the Cathedral Center of St Paul, Los Angeles.